Brewed by Backus y Johnston (SABMiller)
Style: Pale Lager
Lima, Peru


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RATINGS: 296   WEIGHTED AVG: 1.95   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Brewed since 1921, Cristal is Peru’s No. 1 selling beer, combining a light-bodied liquid with strong Andean imagery. It has been the No. 1 selling U.S. import from South America over the last eight years, primarily appealing to the approximately one million Peruvian consumers in the U.S.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
PeterA (340) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - APR 27, 2006
There was very little aroma. The color was a pale yellow, with a thin white head. The flavor was curiously refreshing. It slightly sweet, but with a very smooth finish. It seems a bit too carbonated.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
thegreenrooster (3453) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - APR 7, 2006
Pour is a sickly looking yellow with a white foamy head. Aroma is soapy and sticky. Flavor is nothing just a lot of fizz in your mouth. Was not expecting much and that how i would classify this beer.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
nick76 (4303) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 28, 2006
The aroma is vegetal with a corn malt and herbal quality. The appearance is pale gold with a medium head. The flavor is weak with a light sweetness and light bitterness. It would be better if it didn’t also have a vegetal quality. The palate is very thin. It seems a little off somehow.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
Palidor19 (3047) - Brandon, Florida, USA - MAR 28, 2006
Un-inspired, very thin with a slight honey feel to it. Mostly malts very little hops. its better than nothing

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sanmiguel (118) - Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2006
UPDATED: APR 30, 2006 It had a carbonated water taste to it (it’s like drinking soda), but it was very refreshing and it made me want to drink more. It did not have an awful finish. I placed a bottle of Premium Cristal in the freezer for 30 mins and it was rather good. My drinking mates had the same thoughts. Recommended ice cold.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 15/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - MAR 12, 2006
UPDATED: APR 11, 2006 Pours very pale yellow, almost white. Smells of clothing left in the washer too long, after a wash (faintly, but thats all I get). Minimal flavor. Not skunky. Overall: Better than bud. I guess that means something.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
puphus (34) - Carbondale, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 14, 2006
Bland, little aroma, nearly no taste, a little bitter, dry finish, no aftertaste. Would make a great hot weather beer that might be refreashing to some, but I’d probably reach for a water instead.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nekronos (3742) - Xalapa, MEXICO - JAN 29, 2006
Very disturbing, it was not bad in flavour, but it is because there was no flavor, no colour no aroma, just new it was beer because of the bottle.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
raymow (978) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2006
Nothing special - basically the same as all of these Mexican/Brazillian/Peruvian/Caribbean beers. Somewhat refreshing, but poor quality, corn based beer. Of course, if I was on vacation and this was all that they had I’d drink many of them, but here, with thousands of choices, this would not be in my top 2 or 3 thousand!

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
heemer77 (5158) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JAN 8, 2006
Pale yellow body with a quickly fading white head. The aroma is grainy with canned green beans and cooked carrots. The taste is nasty potatoes along with some bell peppers. Pretty nasty, but not undrinkable.

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